Turin’s Porta Palazzo Market is said to be the largest open air market in Europe. It is located on Piazza della Repubblica. There are approximately 1000 stalls in and outside the market buildings. This lively and crowded market offers food, flowers, clothes, shoes, household articles et cetera.
The market was opened in 1701. The octagonal square Piazza della Repubblica was completed in 1817. Porta Palazzo market was appointed by a decree of the municipality of the city as the only produce market in Turin. The latest major renovation dated from 2006.
An aerial photograph of the market and the octagonal Piazza della Repubblica. Pic is courtesy of Skycraper city.
In one part of the indoor areas there are vendors of meat, cold cut (sausages, ham etc), cheeses, fresh and dry pasta and other delicacies.
This is an area for bio-products from local farmers. They offer fruit, vegetable and herbs of the season. I love the design of the roof and the stained glass details on it.
Purple Cauliflower is an Italian sort of this cabbage species.
Italians eat these courgette (zucchini) flowers, mostly filled with ricotta cheese.
Fresh sage. I pay a triple price for a bunch of fresh sage in The Netherlands.
Going outside the market, plenty of stalls present fresh fruit and vegetable as well. It’s autumn, the season of comfort food with mushrooms. Porcini mushroom is mostly used in creamy Risotto ai funghi, Italian comfort dish form the north regions of Lombardia and Piemonte.
Small red pepper (peperoncini) with raw purple and green olives at the background.
These oranges come from Sicily as the vendor told me.
I rented an apartment nearby the market. Within 3 minutes walking I was in the market every morning when I was there. Husband and I took our cappuccino standing on a petite local bar in one of the market buildings. We love to watch the people passing by without understanding a word they said.The colours were vibrant, the ambiance lively and the products fresh. For a foodie like me, What more could you ask for?
Il Mercato de Porta Palazzo
Piazza della Repubblica
Monday – Friday 7.30 am – 2.00 pm
Saturday 07.30 am – 7.30 pm
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